WHICH WONDERLIC TEST DO I HAVE TO TAKE?
Tell me if this is not how the series of events unfolded for you…
1. You are excited about taking the next step in your career, whether that is a new position at your current employer, a new position at a new employer, or in a higher education program.
2. Your resume is perfect, your recommendation providers are eager to bestow their praises upon you; your interview skills are honed.
3. You find out you need to take this funny sounding test called “the Wonderlic”?
4. You Google “Wonderlic” and discover that there is not just one Wonderlic test, but a vast suite of Wonderlic examinations…So, how do you know that this test is the right one?
If this is how you are feeling, then you are not alone and we are here to help.
THERE ARE TWO "PATHS" FOR WONDERLIC TEST-TAKERS
The Wonderlic Group publishes a multitude of tests, all of which colloquially referred to as simply “the Wonderlic”, making it difficult to grasp exactly which test it is you will be taking and, henceforth, making it an even greater challenge to prepare.
Although the list of exams is vast, it is actually not as overwhelming and complicated as it seems. Wonderlic exams can be divided into two groups: tests for employee candidates, and tests for student applicants.
Let’s refer to the following chart to review which tests you will (most likely) be required to take depending on whether you are an employee or student:
You can see in the graphic above that there are two distinct paths depending on whether you are a student applying for an education program or applying to become a new or promoted employee at a company. Either path will typically require you to take multiple examinations.
Let's take a look at each testing path in detail.
A BREAKDOWN OF THE DIFFERENT WONDERLIC TESTS
So, depending on which path you fit into (employee or student), here are details on the test(s) you can expect to take:
WONDERLIC TESTING PATH FOR EMPLOYEES
For those seeking employment, you will be asked to proceed through the following testing path:
1a. The Wonderlic Personnel Test –Quicktest (WPT-Q) – This is also sometimes referred to as the Cognitive Ability Pre-Test. The Quicktest is a 30 question cognitive ability test. You will have 8 minutes to complete the exam. It is unproctored and you will take it online at home.
1b. The Wonderlic Personality Tests – You may be asked to complete one or more (there are three) of the Wonderlic Personality Tests. These are typically administered along with the WPT-Q, so expect to take these at home online.
2. The Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT-R) – If you do well on the Quicktest and Personality Tests, you will be invited to take the Wonderlic Personnel Test. This is another timed cognitive test consisting of 50 questions to be answered in 12 minutes. This test is proctored and you will take it in the potential employer’s office or a pre-determined testing center near you. The content on this exam is the same as the Quicktest.
*Click here to check out our Wonderlic Personnel Test Study Guide
3. The Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) – If you perform well on the Personnel Test, you may advance to the Basic Skills Test. This test consists of two, timed sections – verbal (20 minutes to complete 45 questions) and quantitative (20 minutes to complete 45 questions). This test is also proctored.
WONDERLIC TESTING PATH FOR STUDENTS
For those seeking admission into college, continuing education, or other academic programs, you will be asked to proceed through a testing path that differs from the employment path. Expect the following:
1. The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam Quicktest (SLE – Q) – The Quicktest is a 30 question cognitive ability test that also layers in a few basic skills questions. You will have 8 minutes to complete the exam. It is unproctored and taken online.
2. The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) – If you do well on the Quicktest, you will be invited to take the full Scholastic Level Exam. This is another timed cognitive and skills test consisting of 50 questions to be answered in 12 minutes. This exam is proctored.
*Click here to check out our Wonderlic SLE Study Guide
3. The Wonderlic Student Placement Tests – If you perform well on the Scholastic Level Exams, you will advance to one of Wonderlic’s placement tests. Unlike the first two exams you took, this test (usually) does not determine your admission status, but helps place you into classes. The benefit of performing well on these exams is that you may place out of preliminary classes, allowing you to save time and money. Conversely, performing poorly may result in your having to take remediation classes that cost time and money and provide you with no credit hours.
There are two tests – the Basic Math and English Skills Test and the Advanced Math and English Skills Test. There are proctored and non-proctored versions of each.
The Basic Test consists of two, timed sections – verbal (20 minutes to complete 50 questions) and quantitative (20 minutes to complete 45 questions).
The Advanced Skills Test is geared towards students seeking advanced degrees. Like the Basic Skills Test, it consists of a verbal section (30 minutes to complete 50 questions) and a math section (30 minutes to complete 55 questions).